What I Will Be Reading #27: Summer Reading edition

The Modern Mrs. Darcy put out a summer reading list of thirty books split into six different categories. I’m not going to add all thirty books to my reading list. In fact, nothing caught my fancy from the gripping, compelling, or beautifully written novels, but there were a couple of books in the other three categories that caught my fancy. I’ll link back to The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s page so you can see the descriptions of the books. I’m just going to provide my reasons for choosing those books.

From the addictive series list: Cinder – it’s steampunk YA. What’s not to love! It’s also a book I’ve seen talked about in several places, and I’m finally going to add it to my reading list.

From the engrossing books list: The Nest – another one I keep hearing this one talked about, so it’s time to actually put it on my reading list, and Before We Visit the Goddess – a multigenerational look at life in India. I’m always on the lookout for good books that focus on other cultures.

And finally, from the spellbinding stories list: Lab Girl – a science memoir, so of course I’m interested. I’ve actually gotten this one out of the library already but I had to return it unread because I ran out of time.

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Camping hiatus

I hope everyone is having a lovely summer. The family took a couple of days to go camping in Black Moshannon State Park. We had a blast! The hiking isn’t the most exciting, but it’s always nice to hike in the woods. There were hardly any bugs at our campsite. Plus, we could walk to the beach, which we did every day. Thought I’d share a few photos, before I get back to the regularly scheduled book blogging! I’ll also be posting more about our hikes at my tumblr page if you want to see where we hiked.

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The Black Moshannon River where we went paddleboarding

A typical forest view

A typical forest view

Mr. Curiosity and Miss Adventure - who discovered ferns would discourage deer flies.

Mr. Curiosity and Miss Adventure – who discovered ferns would discourage deer flies.

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Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher

Published: 2008

Genre: urban fantasy graphic novel

Length: 168 pages

Setting: Chicago, present day, just prior to the events in Storm Front (according the introduction)

Interest: Mr. Curiosity recently started reading the Dresden Files books (and moving through them much faster than I am). I saw this graphic novel at the library the other day and thought we’d both enjoy it. Continue reading

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Blind Alley by Iris Johansen

Published: 2005

Genre: thriller

Length: 370 pages

Setting: present day

Interest: I received the book free from the library for participating in their summer reading program. Continue reading

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The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Published: 1962

Genre: WWI nonfiction

Length: 440 pages of text, 511 pages total

Setting: mostly France, August of 1914

Interest: It’s a classic WWI book. I’ve read a lot about WWII and I’m trying to learn more about WWI. Continue reading

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Published: 2016

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 361 pages of text, 376 pages total

Setting: mostly around Camp Half-Blood, after the events in the Heroes of Olympus series.

Interest: It’s the first book in the Trials of Apollo series, Riordan’s latest series set in the Percy Jackson universe. The whole family reads all of Riordan’s books as soon as we can snag them from the library. Continue reading

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The Grande Complication by Christopher Reynaga

Published: in Writers of the Future Volume 29

Genre: speculative fiction – you could make a case for steampunk possibly, since it has the right setting

Length: 22 pages

Setting: London, probably early 1900s/late 1800s

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology Continue reading

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